Will Scramble 4 Food

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Will Scramble 4 Food

Post by Johnny Canuck » Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:55 pm

To all members of the FOCAL Team,

Just wanted to let you know that if you're ever in need of developing large volumes of witty conundrum scrambles for CO-events (even the night before they happen), you can always contact me and I'll throw together a couple hundred that I had planned to use as chat teasers. If you need conundrum words as well as scrambles, you can give me a rough idea of the difficulty you want for them and I'll make a good list; if you already have a list of conundrums, I can also check over your lists to verify that there are none with multiple solutions. Finally, if you want themed conundrum scrambles and/or answers (e.g., all scrambles for a future .co.mk event beginning with "MK"), you can inform me of this in advance and I'll incorporate the theme.

Aptomail is the best route for getting in contact with me.

I've noticed that some of the scrambles at recent events look suspiciously random/Apterous-like; do people still care about making their own scrambles?

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Re: Will Scramble 4 Food

Post by Zarte Siempre » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:18 pm

We write our own ta, but thanks for the offer!
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Re: Will Scramble 4 Food

Post by Johnny Canuck » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:33 pm

I could have sworn I saw one event where pretty much all of the scrambles were dictionary words with 1 or 2 letters changed (e.g., RESIDEXCE => EXERCISED; DNESCENDO => CONDENSED), which is how Apterous' shuffler generates them. But that might be co:incidence; they could have been written by someone. No problem.
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Post by Thomas Carey » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:29 pm

Next time you're over here, come to an event!
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Re: Will Scramble 4 Food

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:46 pm

Thomas Carey wrote:Next time you're over here, come to an event!
I think that's the plan. He was hoping to get all the conundrums.

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Re: Will Scramble 4 Food

Post by Charlie Reams » Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:58 pm

Johnny Canuck wrote:which is how Apterous' shuffler generates them
Sometimes!

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Re: Will Scramble 4 Food

Post by Johnny Canuck » Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:16 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
Johnny Canuck wrote:which is how Apterous' shuffler generates them
Sometimes!
It's been revamped, then.
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Re: Will Scramble 4 Food

Post by Edward Byrne » Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:25 pm

I might take you up on that offer for Co.Dublin!

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Re: Will Scramble 4 Food

Post by Johnny Canuck » Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:36 pm

Edward Byrne wrote:I might take you up on that offer for Co.Dublin!
Fantastic! You'll only need 7 conundrums for that in total, correct?
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Re: Will Scramble 4 Food

Post by Johnny Canuck » Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:58 pm

After a bit of research, it appears this may have been the tourney I was talking about with the vaguely Apter-ish scrambles. That was a while ago though.

P.S.: Props to whoever created the scrambles for .co.mk containing the names of various players. That was cute.
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Re: Will Scramble 4 Food

Post by Ben Wilson » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:37 pm

Johnny Canuck wrote:After a bit of research, it appears this may have been the tourney I was talking about with the vaguely Apter-ish scrambles. That was a while ago though.
Deliberately- that's always (or at least for the past few years) how I've done conundrums for COLIN/CoNot.

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Re: Will Scramble 4 Food

Post by Johnny Canuck » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:44 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:
Johnny Canuck wrote:After a bit of research, it appears this may have been the tourney I was talking about with the vaguely Apter-ish scrambles. That was a while ago though.
Deliberately- that's always (or at least for the past few years) how I've done conundrums for COLIN/CoNot.
Come to think of it, this is a good idea on some level because it helps avoid the appearance of well-known falseagrams. For a lot of conundrum answers like REMBETIKA, if KIAMETERB (DIAMETERS + 2 letter changes) is used it's going to be deservedly challenging, but if BREAKTIME is used it may be artificially easy for people who already know that BREAKTIME has an anagram. Definitely not trying to knock your tourney-organisation skills in any way.
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